LOVE LOVE LOVE my YSL Les Saharinnes Bronzer!  It will give you the flawless makeup finish that you would expect from a YSL product.

Although Bronzers are typically a more prominent product for the summer months. I use mine all year round.

I must admit that when YSL decided to change Les Sahariennes from a powder to more of a creamy consistency I really didn’t take to it at first, but the results are AMAZING.  I have found that the cream smooth’s over my fine lines effortlessly.

Product Overview

Product:  YSL Les Sahariennes – Sun-kissed Blur For A Healthy Glow Balm Powder in Number 6 –  Sienne
Price:  I paid £32 ($41 approx.)
Purchased from:  Debenhams (International Deliver available)
My rating:  10/10

In my opinion the YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzer is the BEST Bronzer I have ever purchased, I have complete confidence that this product will deliver the overall polished look I want, and with just the right amount of shade and tone needed for my age and skin tone.

The Les Sahariennes very cleverly illuminates, yet has a gorgeous Matt finish, perfect for covering up any shiny skin and leaves a flawless looking skin with a warm glow.

YSL are brilliant at creating makeup and skincare products that will suit most skin types and any age group.

We can all be a little intimidated by the young fresh faced models looking glamorous. but bare in mind that we have a wealth of experience and with clever application by using the same products are more than a match for those young ones.

The rich and dense composition of the product is designed to deliver just a small amount on to the brush which is ideal for contouring without the danger of an overload of bronzer, it is much better to build up light layers to achieve a natural looking glow.


I’m aware of 7 shade options, (if you know of others please let me know): Please note that not all the shades listed are within this photo.

No 1.  Apricot

No 2.  Sable

No 3.  Epice

No  4.  Fave

No  5.   Amber

No  6.  Sienne (featured)

No  7.  Cuivre

Sienne being second from the right featured in the photo above.

Looking at the shades my recommendation would be to use Numbers 1 – 3 on Fair to Medium skin tones, Numbers 4 – 6 Medium to Dark skin tones and Number 7 for Dark skin tones.

I have Olive tones to my skin and I tan easily so I would naturally opt for No 4, 5 or 6.

A Little Tutorial

You can apply Bronzer after any foundation, moisturising tint or BB,(primer), cream or straight onto bare skin if that’s your preference.  My recommendation for a more polished look or evening wear would be to use a base makeup first.

For a contoured look I would go with my three easy steps:

No 1.  Take a small amount onto the brush and with one swipe apply either side of the temple.


No 2.  A small amount and sweep long each cheek bone.


No 3.  A small amount and sweep along the jaw line.

Now gently blend in and with the excess left on your brush use gently over the rest of your face.

I sometimes like to apply a little down each side of my nose but not really necessary.  Check out my How to look Younger Post.

My Conclusion

I strongly recommend that the YSL Les Sahariennes is your one constant Summer make up purchase or in my case to be worn all year round no matter what the weather.

Next time you are out shopping and find yourself in the beauty and cosmetic department pop along to the YSL counter and ask to try the Les Sahariennes, you will be blown away right from the word go.

It’s the best feeling when you turn heads in your 50’s even better when a young lady asks “what makeup do you use?”

Debenhams have a fabulous Beauty Department and remember those Beauty Points add up whether buying in store or online.  it’s Always nice to have a free treat 😉

I would love to read your comments, feedback and answer any questions that you may have relating to this review, please feel free to leave below.

10 thoughts on “June’s YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzer review

  1. June, while I am not too familiar with women’s make up, except for powder puff games I did back high school, lol, I have learned quite a bit lately, due to my wife starting to work with a beauty and skin care company, and me doing a lot of the blogging and research for her…

    So that being said, I have learned a lot very quickly…for a guy that is! lol

    First question, and this may be a dumb one, so I apologize, but what does YSL stand for?

    Second, I browsed around other parts of your site and noticed you have reviewed a lot of YSL products. Is that brand geared to women over 50, or do you just really like the company?

    Third and last question, I read somewhere that you were or are a Beauty Therapist. That sounds really interesting. What does that entail? What does a Beauty Therapist do?

    Sorry with so many questions, but in part, I am doing research myself, and came across your website as a good read with great info.

    Thanks for your time,


    1. Hi Jason,

      Your comments have made me smile especially the “powder puff game”, can’t say that I know anything about that particular game haha 🙂

      Sounds very exciting about your Wife’s blogging research, would love to hear about the skincare company.

      No apologies needed for any of your questions at all.

      Your first question re YSL and what it stands for is: Yves Saint Laurent, an incredible French designer, they have a wonderful Beauty, Skincare and Makeup range that is Luxury personified and a brand that delivers on Chic Style, Effortless Beauty, Fantastic Design with High Quality ingredients and packaging not to mention Glamorous colours and shades within their makeup range.

      Your Second question regarding age targeted products: Yves Saint Laurent, Estee Lauder etc… if anything always aim their marketing and advertising around the young ones by using fresh faced beautiful models and I think that for the more mature lady such as myself could easily get put off by that, therefore I have decided to introduce my age group into the joys of YSL and such like and their wonderful products by getting the message across that a good quality skincare and makeup item is more value for money and really will enhance a more mature skin and features, quality not quantity are my advice along with minimal amount of fuss.

      Third question re Beauty Therapist: You are correct in that you have read that I am a Beauty Therapist, I trained years ago and managed my own business but I decided to hang up my couch and take to blogging and helping others to look out for the right skincare and makeup product for their skin type and age group. My training involved Facials – the using of various products and techniques to aid skin circulation, cleansing, toning, moisturising and massage. The Removal of unwanted Hair – waxing etc… Pedicures – feet and toes, Manicures – hands and nails both by using products and possible varnishing. Special Occasion Makeup – by using the right products to enhance face shape and features (my favourite) My training involved lots of Practice on volunteers at college, extensive tutorials and an education into Anatomy and Physiology along with Health and Hygiene being the most important of all. To be honest it’s not until you are working daily within a salon or your own business that your real experience starts. It is hard work but so rewarding with fantastic job satisfaction.

      It has been an absolute pleasure in answering your questions and I hope that I’ve been of help to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help with any research in to your Wife’s beauty blog.

      Lovely to meet you and have a great week.

      Wishing you all the success.


  2. Hello June,

    Although I am not very knowledgeable about makeup I do understand how important it is for women to feel good about their looks.

    The Bronzer review was very detailed with an honest approach that did not seem pushy at all. Your very gracious to share your age to relate with other women that want to look their best regardless of their date of birth.

    How long will the bronzer last if you are using every day?

    The to tutorial is a great idea. Do you do any video tutorials?


    1. Hi Bob,

      Great to hear that a Man appreciates and understands that makeup can play a big part in a Woman’s life 🙂

      Thank you for all your positive comments regarding my YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzer review, lovely of you to take the time to leave them and very kind indeed.

      I love being in my Fifties and feel very privileged to be here. I want others to have the confidence to see that we are all beautiful regardless of age, fine lines etc… are all a part of maturing and with the right skincare and makeup routine we can look and feel as youthful as we want.

      As long as you don’t go too heavy handed and only apply once a day with a top up for evening when needed, the YSL Les Sahariennes could quite possible last you 6 months plus, I purchased mine last June and I have just purchased another one but I do only use a small amount during the Winter months.

      I have recently made four tutorial videos within my Apply the Spring Makeup Look, I really enjoyed making them and planning on videoing more very soon.

      A real pleasure to hear from you and look forward to connecting again.

      Have a good weekend

  3. Hi June, I know I am not a woman… But I think it is very fitting for me to comment on here.

    As a man of around 30 years of age, I find it really difficult to find and relate to women my own age.

    Women that are about a decade older than myself are women with whom I have more in common with – anyways, the point is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think that what you’re offering here with your website is great!

    Makeup for me has always been a touchy subject (like I mentioned, women my own age. . . ) as it gets really overdone. You can find examples of women 20-30 years old with extreme amounts of makeup on Facebook. I needn’t go into detail as I am sure you’re aware.

    What I love about what you’re offering here is a very nice, subtle way of ‘enhancing’ natural qualities through application of your bronzer. I find that to be the perfect balance of some added flare and natural beauty.

    Keep up the great work! Awesome website.


    1. Hi Micheal,

      I have loved reading your great comments and I can see that you are a gentleman with perfect style and taste 🙂

      It’s always good to hear from a Male point of view, let’s face it we do like to look our best to attract others.

      I completely agree with you, a lot of the younger generation feel that they have to plough on the makeup in order to look beautiful and can often leave them looking a little doll like. I think the last thing that is needed is to cover all youthful looking skin with an overload of Foundation and Bronzers together with layers of eye makeup, I’m sure that Men do prefer to see a more natural look such as yourself.

      Equally, those of us in our 50s can feel as though adding more makeup is a way of trying to fill in those lines but it can actually emphasize them more.

      It is lovely to hear that my helpful guides have been noted and by the opposite sex too.

      Thanks again and have a wonderful week

      All the best


  4. Hi June.

    I am definitely over 50 and I do rely on makeup to help me look younger and cover dark circles. Thank you for showcasing some products for the over 50 crowd.

    I love bronzer. If you get the right one it gives a youthful sunkissed look to your face. I like how you explained how to apply because some of us have no idea.

    My biggest problem is dark circles and deep set eyes since I am older. What do you recommend?


    1. Hi Jeannie,

      Once again it is a pleasure to connect with you and thank you so much for getting touch 🙂

      I have to say that you really do not look your age, I think that you could share a secret or two re your beauty routine.

      Talking of dark circles, I have plenty today to cover or up and hide. Bronzers are great at helping out with those dark circles, they tend to deflect and blend in more around the eye making them less conspicuous but a great tip is to use the YSL Touche Eclat concealer, it is perfect for covering them in completely with it’s unique light deflecting ingredients, take a look at my review by following the link.

      I really do appreciate your lovely compliments regarding my little walk through and guide on how to use Bronzers, thank you and pleased that I have been of service.

      Please let me know if I have helped to answer your question and I would love to hear from you again.

      Have a great week

      all the best


  5. Thanks for this great article! I am definitely part of the “over 50” crowd and am always on the lookout for good products to use on my face. The YSL Les Sahariennes sounds wonderful. I appreciate you including the price you paid as well. And the pictures with instructions are very helpful! I didn’t wear makeup for most of my younger adult life, but as I’m getting a bit older, I find that using the right products really enhances my look. I appreciate the recommendation!

    1. Hi Julie,

      Being part of the “over 50 crowd” is pretty exclusive and let’s face it we’ve earned the right 🙂

      Pleased that I have been of service in helping to give advise on all the great products that I have tried and tested. I only give my 10/10 rating within my reviews of those makeup and skincare purchases that not only work but value for money.

      Lovely of you to take the time to leave your positive comments, thank you and much appreciated.

      You are absolutely right, by making an informed purchase we can “enhance” our look, why shouldn’t we get noticed in our prime hey 🙂

      I love skincare and cosmetics, it’s my passion and something that I’ve used in my profession for some time, it feels good to pass on my knowledge. Pleased that I have helped you to take a look at Bronzers and indeed any of my recommendations.

      Have a great weekend Julie

      All the best


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